Photos picture plastic iPhone shell next to iPhone 5

By , Jul 17, 2013

White and Green budget iPhone (Sonny Dickson 001)

With both big mediaChinese blogs and everyone and their mother in between seemingly betting on the arrival of Apple’s polycarbonate-made mid-range handset later this year, small wonder purported spyshots of the device’s casing have been leaking out from Far East.

iOS developer Sonny Dickson, who has previously proven himself a reliable source of information about unreleased Apple products, has been on a roll these days tweeting out a number of purported plastic iPhone images. The newest series of authentic-looking images depict several colorized plastic iPhone shells, including one comparing the current iPhone 5 to the purported less-pricey model…

Check out the following side-by-side shot (an iPhone 5 on the right is AnoStyle’d). From what we could tell, the plastic iPhone probably has the four-inch Retina display because these shells match the iPhone 5′s height and width, though they appear slightly thicker than the iPhone 5.

Budget iPhone vs iPhone 5 (Sonny Dickson 003)

And right below is the green plastic iPhone with buttons.

Budget iPhone (green, Sonny Dickson 004)Budget iPhone (green, buttons, Sonny Dickson 004)
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If this is a fake, it’s certainly elaborate enough to fool many people.

For instance, notice the Apple logo and branding on the back and the SIM card tray on the left, along with the volume up and down and mute buttons.

Of course, there’s no way of telling whether the shots depict the real deal or just some replacement plastic shells a third-party vendor might have produced based on the rumor-mill chatter.

Dickson previously posted shots of the alleged budget iPhone shells in blue, red, yellow, white and green.

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  • Willie

    im sorry but it looks more like an iphone 5 case instead of a phone

    • Gorgonphone

      Looks like a slipery cheapo iphone

  • Osama Muhammed

    this is ugly in so many levels, its like a toy phone.. seriously apple, i used to be a mad fanboy but this …..

    • felixtaf

      Its jus a rumor… Not a new phone… Jus a shell… Emerging from whenever… The last budget iPhone post was proved as fake (With same plastic shells), As the Chinese manufacturer gives android in a budget iphone shell… Complaining about a concept or rumor is like barking against an empty wall…

      • Dominik Odobašić

        iPhone 4 was also a rumor. iPhone 5 was also a rumor. iOS 7 icons were also rumors and crappy renders.

      • bn326160

        The iPhone 4 was an uniqum and the iOS 7 icons were leaked one day before WWDC. And I predict and iPhone 6 release in roughly a year.

    • Saeed Ghattas

      Just don’t buy it! Just buy the premium iphone that will come out. And even if it’s true, the green is ugly indeed. Lol

  • Boss

    They all look like cheap toy iPhones and I don’t know why they’ve gone for all of the coulors from the Microsoft logo while Google are out here inventing their stock price nearlly at 1,000

    • MarcPhilippeB

      you sound clueless. the emrging markets will be the next big thing for the mobile phone producers, there’s where the cash lies, no in Europe and not in the US.

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Judging by the success of the iPad mini in those emerging markets, Apple might as well give up now.

    • felixtaf

      Google’s stock price vs Apple’s cheap iPhone??? What kind of comparison is that… “Apple are relying on cheap crap only people in China would be happy with” – That sounds stupid… Why people in China shud not be happy? People from US and Europe wont buy cheap iPhone and androids? If you are looking for premium high end phones – You already have it. Bcoz Apple/any other manufacturer s not going to replace their premium phones with cheap phones. Then what are you fussing about?

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Here you go again with your amazing reading and comprehension skills. Who compared anything to Google’s stock price, and who said anything about “cheap” devices replacing “premium” devices?

      • felixtaf

        Thanks for your observation…

  • Linton Findlay

    Apple doesnt need to go after market share when it already makes a stupid amount of profit

  • Philipp Steigler

    I’m 100% sure this is one of the budget iPhone we’ll see this fall next to the iPhone 5S!

  • Alex

    The iPhone 5 is fake there is no apple logo and it’s an awkward color.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    It’s going to be the budget iPhone. Based on all the legit leaks in the past of upcoming iPhones, I’m assuming hat this is legit. The phone looks like it would go well with the childish iOS 7 design.

    • RealTechTalk

      Childish lol, how can it be f*kin childish? It’s a mashup of WP8 and Android lol.

  • sivkai

    I don’t care if this rumour comes from Sonny Dickinson or Steve Jobs from the grave, no way is this an Apple product. Heck, even Samsung wouldn’t release such a plasticky garbage as this. My bet: it’s a poorly made Chinese “clone” built to capitalise on 5S rumours. Seems like it’s working.

  • John714

    Steve jobs wouldn’t have allowed such an ugly product come out from apple. He was obsessed with beauty.

  • Ricky

    The cheap iphone is ugly and the same goes to that white pink iphone damn chinese